“Curfew,” the story of a depressed man who is asked to take care of his young niece, won the Oscar for live-action short film Sunday night. The film stars Shawn Christensen, who also wrote and directed the movie.
The short film categories are notorious as some of the trickiest to predict, killers for many who participate in their office Oscar pool. For the first time, the entire Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership was eligible this year to vote in the live-action and animated short film categories.
"Curfew" beat out four other films:
-- Canadian filmmaker Yan England’s “Henry,” which has drawn some comparisons to “Amour” for the way in which it grappled with aging and the end of life.
-- “Death of a Shadow,” a visually inventive story on the death of a soldier in World War II by Belgian filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet. It stars the actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who garnered attention this season for his role opposite Marion Cotillard in the feature “Rust and Bone.”
-- “Buzkashi Boys,” an Afghan tale directed by Sam French. The film follows two young Afghan boys who dream of escaping from the hardship of their daily lives.